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Procurement Tribunal Seeks 100% Increase in Annual Budget

Gimara also wants the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development to expedite appointments to the two vacant positions on the board and requests that the position is occupied by women. He was handing over the tribunal's 2020/21 report to the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija.
01 Dec 2021 07:16

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The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) Appeals Tribunal is seeking 100 percent budget increase. The Tribunal Chairman, Francis Gimara wants their budget increased from the current Shillings 2.7 billion to at least Shillings 5 billion to enable them to deal with the rising number of petitions.

Gimara also wants the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development to expedite appointments to the two vacant positions on the board and requests that the position is occupied by women. He was handing over the tribunal's 2020/21 report to the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija. 

According to Gimara, increased funding would help them to implement projects being put in place to ensure better performance of the Tribunal, including automation of the case management system. 

 

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The Tribunal was established as an independent body through the amendment of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act in 2011. Its main mandate is to hear and resolve applications for review of decisions of the PPDA made to it by aggrieved bidders and/or aggrieved procuring and disposing of entities. 

The Tribunal also has powers to hear matters referred to it by PPDA. The Gimara-chaired tribunal was inaugurated in August last year, replacing the previous one chaired by Olive Zaale Otete. Gimara said their other challenge is the increasing number of appeals, with the numbers tripling in a year, but hopes that when fully constituted, the tribunal will help prevent case backlog as they would then handle more than one at a go.

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Kasaija emphasized the need for transparency and integrity by the Tribunal, saying that this is the only way they will sustain confidence in the public. He admitted that he had not thought about gender in the appointments and even for the vacant positions.  

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The Tribunal handed all the 15 applications worth Shillings 300 billion that were presented during the year leaving no pending work. The tribunal has high court powers and its decisions are legally binding. Aggrieved parties or those not satisfied with the Tribunal's resolutions have the right to petition the Court of Appeal.

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